TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa worsened a knee sprain and was forced to leave the field in the third quarter during the game's play against Missouri.
Tagovailoa wore a protective brace on his right knee against Missouri and threw for 265 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions before he aggravated the injury as he ran.
Coaches tended to Tagovailoa in the field, and he was able to jog on his own to the sideline. He immediately went to a side tent to receive medical treatment. He missed Alabama's next offensive series and was replaced by Jalen Hurts.
Tagovailoa spent nearly 10 minutes in the tent while his parents came down from the bleachers to visit him.
"Tua is fine ̵
Saban added in his post-game press conference that Tagovailoa could have returned to the game and that he wanted to get back in, but Saban decided against it.  Tagovailoa, a Heisman Trophy leader, injured his knee a week before beating Arkansas.
Saban described the injury as a sprain on Thursday and noted that Tagavailoa had missed no retakes in practice.
Hurts, who started 28 games in a row with a 26-2 record before becoming a substitute this season, came for the injured Tagovailoa. The junior and former SEC offensive player of the year has appeared in every game this season, completing 30 of 42 passes for 453 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.
Tagovailoa has started every game this season. The college student from Hawaii entered the weekend for 1,495 yards, 18 touchdowns and no interceptions.